So much emphasis is placed on staging a home with neutral wall colors, but too often the home stager forgets the window treatments, and some agents miss this, too, thinking that buyers won’t want those curtains anyway so why bother switching them out. But I’m here to say that window treatments do matter. To both women and men!
Many agents have swallowed the notion that women are the decision makers when it comes to buying a house. I can state without a shadow of a doubt that men are very much involved in that decision, too. They want “man caves” for that large screen TV and those football watching parties, garages that can be workshops or converted into man caves, often a yard that doesn’t need more effort than they are willing to give, and a master bedroom that’s, well, masterful. Sure, they want their wives to be pleased with the house as well. Kitchens and bathrooms are important for both. In fact, a lot can go into the decision. So staging your home with the male in mind as well as the female is essential.
Neutralize the Color
Men often totally ignore draperies, that is, unless they are pink. It’s a very non-neutral color, being associated with little girls. So, men viewing a house will naturally have a fairly negative reaction. Realtors always say that buyers can’t visualize (which I am not sure I agree with, but might as well err on the side of caution), so neutralizing the color, even for the window treatments, is a good step to take and one that needn’t break the bank. While it might not encourage a higher offer price, it might make a couple be able to agree more readily on buying the property.
Pink curtains – non-neutral:
Nice light and neutral draperies:
Let in More Light
Speaking of man caves, if you are staging your home for sale and you have such a room, you may have to think about a bit of remodeling, especially the window treatments. Man caves can be a bit dark, all the better to view that large-screen TV. Other rooms you may need to lighten are bedrooms (you may need dark curtains for sleeping, but buyers will need to be able to see the room) and kitchens, which need to be as light and bright as possible.
We swapped out darker curtains (needed so we weren’t awake at the crack of dawn) for these simple white ones to give the room a lighter, brighter feel:
Update the Style and Keep the Place Cleaner
A house with a long-time owner (ten years or more) will have window treatments that are definitely out of style. And most likely dirty. Kill two birds with one stone, as the saying goes, by taking down those old-fashioned, dirty, and possibly non-neutral curtains and replace with something clean, bright, and up-to-date.
Gauzy pink curtains really date this bathroom décor:
The Curse of the Mini-Blinds
As practical as they are, why mini-blinds are appearing in houses is a total mystery. They are very office feeling, not homey feeling. However, you may want to leave them up while your house is on the market and let the buyer decide after moving in if they want the mini-blinds to stay. But do you do to make them less of a turn-off in the interim? First, hang some white sheers up over them. It will add softness. Then, during showings (when buyers come to look through the house), open the blinds by turning them so the slats are flat and then pull them up, if not all the way, at least halfway.
Hire a Home Stager with Sense
Sort it all out with the help of a home stager (like me) who can offer some very low cost solutions.